Many killed, properties destroyed as Nigerian Army, IPOB clash in Imo state.

Uzodinma, on Monday, condemned the attack by gunmen in Orlu Area of the state, which led to the killing and maiming of innocent citizens.

In a statement, the Governor confirmed he has ordered security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

Reports suggest several residents were shot dead in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state following a clash between officers of the Nigerian Army and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) established by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group.

According to sources, the incident is occasioned by the alleged killing of a youth and assaulting others who sustained a serious injury which leand to the killing of a military officer, by suspected members of the IPOB Eastern Security Network a few days ago.

The clash was triggered after some soldiers were attacked for allegedly Killing and assaulting some youths in the town on Sunday night, with the soldiers returning later at night only to meet stiff resistance from personnel of the IPOB security outfit. The outcome was a clash between the two groups and an eye witness said Governor still claim that the initial attack on the youths was by gunmen, but youths insist Nigeria army attacked them.

“All law-abiding citizens are advised to comply strictly with the curfew as announced. Anyone caught violating the curfew will be treated as a suspect.

“The government wants to assure all Imo people that the situation in Orlu area is under control. Security operatives have been deployed on a 24-hour patrol of the zone. Equally, every security measure necessary has been put in place to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their businesses in the affected areas without any fear of molestation.”

The source added that many residents had to scamper for safety while schools and markets have been shut for fear of being hit by a stray bullet.

According to sources, the incident is occasioned by the alleged killing of a military officer and police personnel, by suspected members of the IPOB Eastern Security Network a few days ago.

All efforts to get through to the Army Commander 34 artillery brigade Imo State and the Army Public relations officer in Imo state proved abortive.

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew (6 pm to 6 am) on eight local government areas in the state following the eruption of crisis and killings in the area.

The affected local government are Orlu, Oru East, Orsu Ideato North, Ideato south, Nkwerre, Njaba, Isu and Nwangele.

To restore peace in Orlu, the Governor ordered a curfew in some local government areas namely Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwerre.

Uzodinma said, “This afternoon, I received a very disturbing report on the activities of a group of Militants who unleashed a shooting spree in the Orlu area of the state killing and maiming innocent citizen in the process“I am totally appalled by this sad report which appears to paint a picture of the near breakdown of law and order in the Orlu area. The government condemns in its entirety this act of extreme hooliganism and brigandage.

This is completely unacceptable to this administration. Those behind this callous barbarism will surely regret their actions.

“Consequently, I have directed the security agencies to fish out without fail, all those behind the carnage and immediately bring them to book.

Let no one be in any doubt that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will ever escape justice. I assure them that they will pay for for their cruelty against a peace-loving and innocent people.

As an interim measure to immediately restore the peace in Orlu zone, a dusk to dawn curfew (6 pm to 6 am) is hereby imposed in the following Local Government Areas of Orlu zone; namely; Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele and Nkwerre.

All law-abiding citizens are advised to comply strictly with the curfew as announced. Anyone caught violating the curfew will be treated as a suspect.

“The government wants to assure all Imo people that the situation in Orlu area is under control. Security operatives have been deployed on a 24-hour patrol of the zone. Equally, every security measure necessary has been put in place to ensure that law-abiding citizens can go about their businesses in the affected areas without any fear of molestation.

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